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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933755/maternal-pre-pregnancy-bmi-downregulates-neonatal-cord-blood-lep-methylation
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R Kadakia, Y Zheng, Z Zhang, W Zhang, L Hou, J L Josefson
BACKGROUND: Neonatal adiposity has many determinants and may be a risk factor for future obesity. Epigenetic regulation of metabolically important genes is a potential contributor. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study is to determine whether methylation changes in the LEP gene in cord blood DNA are impacted by the maternal environment or affect neonatal adiposity measures. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 114 full-term neonates born to healthy mothers with normal glucose tolerance was performed...
December 8, 2016: Pediatric Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933753/mass-cytometry-of-follicular-lymphoma-tumors-reveals-intrinsic-heterogeneity-in-proteins-including-hla-dr-and-a-deficit-in-non-malignant-plasmablast-and-germinal-center-b-cell-populations
#2
Cara Ellen Wogsland, Allison Rae Greenplate, Arne Kolstad, June Helen Myklebust, Jonathan Michael Irish, Kanutte Huse
BACKGROUND: Follicular lymphoma (FL) is an indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma that has a risk of transformation to more aggressive lymphoma. Relatively little is known about the non-malignant B-cell and T-cell subset composition within the tumor microenvironment and whether altered phenotypes are associated with patterns of lymphoma B-cell heterogeneity. METHODS: Two mass cytometry (CyTOF) panels were designed to immunophenotype B and T cells in FL tumors. Populations of malignant B cells, non-malignant B cells, and T cells from each FL tumor were identified and their phenotypes compared to B and T cells from healthy human tonsillar tissue...
December 9, 2016: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933748/exploring-glucocorticoid-receptor-agonists-mechanism-of-action-through-mass-cytometry-and-radial-visualizations
#3
Yann Abraham, Bertran Gerrits, Marie-Gabrielle Ludwig, Michael Rebhan, Caroline Gubser Keller
Recent advances in combining flow cytometry and mass spectrometry have led to the development of mass cytometry, allowing for the interrogation of complex cell populations on an unprecedented scale. The volumes and high dimensionality of mass cytometry data pose significant challenges in terms of analysis and visualization. We implement a method called Radviz (1-3), where multidimensional single cell data can be visualized as a projection that maintains the original dimensions and data complexity whilst facilitating analysis and visualization...
December 9, 2016: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933678/trends-in-serious-quit-attempts-in-the-united-states-2009-2014
#4
Joe G Gitchell, Saul Shiffman, Mark A Sembower
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Quitting smoking is the most potent way to reduce the health risks associated with smoking cigarettes, and public health objectives in the USA include dramatic increases in the proportion of smokers making a serious quit attempt each year. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has, since 2000, set as its Healthy People 2020 objective to get 80% of smokers to make a serious quit attempt per year. This study assessed the trend in quit attempts from 2009 to 2014...
December 9, 2016: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933664/left-ventricular-rotational-mechanics-in-infants-with-hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy-and-preterm-infants-at-36%C3%A2-weeks-postmenstrual-age-a-comparison-with-healthy-term-controls
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Colm R Breatnach, Eva Forman, Adrienne Foran, Cathy Monteith, Lisa McSweeney, Fergal Malone, Naomi McCallion, Orla Franklin, Afif El-Khuffash
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: There is a paucity of data on left ventricle (LV) rotational physiology in neonates. We aimed to assess rotational mechanics in infants with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and premature infants (<32 weeks) at 36 weeks postmenstrual age (PMA) (preterm group) and compare them with healthy term controls (term controls). We also compared the parameters in preterm infants with and without chronic lung disease (CLD). METHODS: Echocardiography was performed within 48 hours of birth or at 36 weeks PMA...
December 9, 2016: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933535/systems-genetics-analysis-to-identify-the-genetic-modulation-of-a-glaucoma-associated-gene
#6
Sumana R Chintalapudi, Monica M Jablonski
Loss of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) is one of the hallmarks of retinal neurodegenerative diseases, glaucoma being one of the most common. Recently, γ-synuclein (SNCG) was shown to be highly expressed in the somas and axons of RGCs. In various mouse models of glaucoma, downregulation of Sncg gene expression correlates with RGC loss. To investigate the regulation of Sncg in RGCs, we used a systems genetics approach to identify a gene that modulates the expression of Sncg, followed by confirmatory studies in both healthy and diseased retinas...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933513/effect-of-yiqi-tongyang-decoction-on-blood-t-cell-subsets-in-patients-with-chronic-immune-thrombocytopenia
#7
Xiu-Peng Yang, Rou Ma, Xiao-Hong Yang, Hui-Lan Zhu, Yong-Gang Xu
OBJECTIVE: To measure the proportions of blood T cell subsets, Th1, Th2, Th17, Th22, and Treg cells, and other parameters in patients with chronic immune thrombocytopenia (CITP) before and after treatment with Yiqi Tongyang Decoction (, YTD) to explore T cell status of patients with CITP, and to define the mechanism of action of YTD. METHODS: The changes in peripheral blood T lymphocyte subsets, and those of Th1, Th2, Th17, Th22, and Treg cells in 30 patients with CITP (22 females and 8 males) were analyzed using multiparametric flow cytometry before and after treatment with YTD for 6 months, and 26 healthy volunteers (14 males and 12 females) acted as a control...
December 9, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933500/climate-change-mitigation-the-potential-of-agriculture-as-a-renewable-energy-source-in-nigeria
#8
Z A Elum, D M Modise, G Nhamo
Energy is pivotal to the economic development of every nation. However, its production and utilization leads to undesirable carbon emissions that aggravate global warming which results in climate change. The agriculture sector is a significant user of energy. However, it has the potential to be a major contributor to Nigeria's energy supply mix in meeting its energy deficit. More so, in the light of current and impending adverse effects of climate change, there is a need to contain GHG's emissions. This paper focuses on bioenergy utilization as a climate change mitigation strategy and one that can, through effective waste management, enhance sustainable economic development in Nigeria...
December 9, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933492/comparative-analysis-of-speech-impairment-and-upper-limb-motor-dysfunction-in-parkinson-s-disease
#9
Jan Rusz, Tereza Tykalová, Radim Krupička, Kateřina Zárubová, Michal Novotný, Robert Jech, Zoltán Szabó, Evžen Růžička
It is currently unknown whether speech and limb motor effectors in Parkinson's disease (PD) are controlled by similar underlying brain processes. Based on computerized objective analysis, the aim of this study was to evaluate potential correlation between speech and mechanical tests of upper limb motor function. Speech and upper limb motor tests were performed in 22 PD patients and 22 healthy controls. Quantitative acoustic analyses of eight key speech dimensions of hypokinetic dysarthria, including quality of voice, sequential motion rates, consonant articulation, vowel articulation, average loudness, loudness variability, pitch variability, and number of pauses, were performed...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933462/what-do-you-need-to-get-male-partners-of-pregnant-women-tested-for-hiv-in-resource-limited-settings-the-baby-shower-cluster-randomized-trial
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Echezona E Ezeanolue, Michael C Obiefune, Wei Yang, Chinenye O Ezeanolue, Jennifer Pharr, Alice Osuji, Amaka G Ogidi, Aaron T Hunt, Dina Patel, Gbenga Ogedegbe, John E Ehiri
Male partner involvement has the potential to increase uptake of interventions to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). Finding cultural appropriate strategies to promote male partner involvement in PMTCT programs remains an abiding public health challenge. We assessed whether a congregation-based intervention, the Healthy Beginning Initiative (HBI), would lead to increased uptake of HIV testing among male partners of pregnant women during pregnancy. A cluster-randomized controlled trial of forty churches in Southeastern Nigeria randomly assigned to either the HBI (intervention group; IG) or standard of care referral to a health facility (control group; CG) was conducted...
December 8, 2016: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933445/correlation-of-crevicular-fluid-and-serum-levels-of-retinol-binding-protein-4-and-leptin-in-chronic-periodontitis-and-obesity
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Dharmendra Kanoriya, A R Pradeep, A Mallika, Sandeep Singhal, Vibhuti Garg
OBJECTIVE: Retinol-binding protein 4 (RBP4) and leptin are both adipokines and involved in the pathophysiology of different vascular and inflammatory diseases and selectively elevated in patients with obesity. The aim of the present study was to determine and correlate the levels of RBP4 and leptin in gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) and serum in patients with chronic periodontitis (CP) and obesity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 70 patients with age group 25 to 45 years were divided into four groups based on gingival index (GI), probing depth (PD), clinical attachment level (CAL), body mass index (BMI) and radiographic evidence of bone loss...
December 8, 2016: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933442/arterial-pulse-wave-propagation-velocity-in-healthy-dogs-by-pulse-wave-doppler-ultrasound
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Rodrigo B Nogueira, Lucas A Pereira, Alice F Basso, Ingrid S da Fonseca, Lorena A Alves
The aim of this study was to prospectively evaluate the carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (PWV) values in healthy dogs using pulse wave Doppler ultrasound. A secondary aim was to determine the feasibility of this method and to report the intra- and interobserver reproducibilities of the PWV in conscious dogs. The data were studied in 30 healthy, adult, male (n = 15) and female (n = 15) dogs. The time interval marked between the R wave peak of the electrocardiogram and the intersection of the blood flow wave upstroke of the Doppler spectrum with the baseline of zero frequency was determined for the carotid (T1) and for the femoral (T2) arteries...
December 8, 2016: Veterinary Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933439/measurement-of-carotid-pulse-wave-velocity-using-ultrafast-ultrasound-imaging-in-hypertensive-patients
#13
Xiaopeng Li, Jue Jiang, Hong Zhang, Hua Wang, Donggang Han, Qi Zhou, Ya Gao, Shanshan Yu, Yanhua Qi
PURPOSE: The study aimed to assess the utility of ultrafast ultrasound imaging for evaluation of carotid pulse wave velocity (PWV) in newly diagnosed hypertension patients. METHODS: This prospective non-randomized study enrolled 90 hypertensive patients in our hospital from September to December 2013 as a hypertension group. An age- and sex-matched cohort of 50 healthy adults in our hospital from September to December 2013 was also included in the study as a control group...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933438/acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-arfi-elastography-in-the-evaluation-of-renal-parenchymal-stiffness-in-patients-with-ureteropelvic-junction-obstruction
#14
Hatice Arioz Habibi, Rumeysa Yasemin Cicek, Sedat Giray Kandemirli, Emel Ure, Ayse Kalyoncu Ucar, Mine Aslan, Salim Caliskan, Ibrahim Adaletli
PURPOSE: To investigate the role of acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) elastography in the detection of renal parenchymal damage in kidneys with and without ureteropelvic junction obstruction (UPJO). METHODS: Twenty-five pediatric patients with a diagnosis of UPJO who underwent surgery and 15 pediatric patients with conservatively managed UPJO were prospectively evaluated with ARFI elastography. Sixteen healthy volunteers constituted the control group. Shear wave velocity (SWV) measurements in the upper, mid, and lower poles of the affected kidney were performed...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933408/twelve-weeks-progressive-resistance-training-combined-with-protein-supplementation-beyond-habitual-intakes-increases-upper-leg-lean-tissue-mass-muscle-strength-and-extended-gait-speed-in-healthy-older-women
#15
Peter Francis, William Mc Cormack, Clodagh Toomey, Catherine Norton, Jean Saunders, Emmet Kerin, Mark Lyons, Philip Jakeman
The age-related decline in functional capability is preceded by a reduction in muscle quality. The purpose of this study was to assess the combined effects of progressive resistance training (PRT) and protein supplementation beyond habitual intakes on upper leg lean tissue mass (LTM), muscle quality and functional capability in healthy 50-70 years women. In a single-blinded, randomized, controlled design, 57 healthy older women (age 61.1 ± 5.1 years, 1.61 ± 0.65 m, 65.3 ± 15.3 kg) consumed 0.33 g/kg body mass of a milk-based protein matrix (PRO) for 12 weeks...
December 8, 2016: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933365/ketamine-decreases-sensitivity-of-male-rats-to-misleading-negative-feedback-in-a-probabilistic-reversal-learning-task
#16
Michal Rychlik, Eva Bollen, Rafal Rygula
RATIONALE: Depression is characterized by an excessive attribution of value to negative feedback. This imbalance in feedback sensitivity can be measured using the probabilistic reversal-learning (PRL) task. This task was initially designed for clinical research, but introduction of its rodent version provides a new and much needed translational paradigm to evaluate potential novel antidepressants. OBJECTIVES: In the present study, we aimed at evaluating the effects of a compound showing clear antidepressant properties-ketamine (KET)-on the sensitivity of rats to positive and negative feedback in the PRL paradigm...
December 8, 2016: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933320/genetics-and-pathogenesis-of-idiopathic-scoliosis
#17
REVIEW
A Grauers, E Einarsdottir, P Gerdhem
Idiopathic scoliosis (IS), the most common spinal deformity, affects otherwise healthy children and adolescents during growth. The aetiology is still unknown, although genetic factors are believed to be important. The present review corroborates the understanding of IS as a complex disease with a polygenic background. Presumably IS can be due to a spectrum of genetic risk variants, ranging from very rare or even private to very common. The most promising candidate genes are highlighted.
2016: Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933249/an-enterogenous-cyst-with-atypical-pathological-findings-and-chemical-meningitis
#18
Lu Wang, Xiaona Chang, Chao Fu, Weidong Yu, Xiaoxuan Fang
INTRODUCTION: Intracranial enterogenous cysts are rare and mainly occur in the posterior fossa. These cysts are usually extra-axial, midline, anterior to the brainstem, or at the cerebellopontine angle. We report a case of an enterogenous cyst in which diagnosis was difficult because the lesion showed atypical pathologic findings. CASE PRESENTATION: A healthy 41-year-old man complained of paroxysmal occipital headaches lasting over a week, with increased severity for 3 days accompanied by slight dizziness and mild nausea...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933195/cr1-exon-variants-are-associated-with-lowered-cr1-expression-and-increased-susceptibility-to-sle-in-a-plasmodium-falciparum-endemic-population
#19
Aditya K Panda, Balachandran Ravindran, Bidyut K Das
BACKGROUND: Complement receptor 1 (CR1) plays an important role in immune complex clearance by opsonisation and possibly protects subjects from development of autoantibodies. Lower CR1 expression has been associated with susceptibility to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). In contrast, subjects displaying lower CR1 expression are protected against severe manifestations of falciparum malaria. This study is the first of its kind to investigate the association of CR1 variants with development of SLE in a P...
2016: Lupus Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933185/circulating-serpinb1-levels-and-clinical-features-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
#20
Kohzo Takebayashi, Kenji Hara, Tomoko Terasawa, Rika Naruse, Mariko Suetsugu, Takafumi Tsuchiya, Toshihiko Inukai
OBJECTIVE: The main purpose of this study was to investigate the association of serum SerpinB1 levels and various parameters in patients with type 2 diabetes. The effect of canagliflozin (a sodium glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor), which can decrease circulating insulin levels, on serum SerpinB1 levels was also investigated. A recent study suggests that the serum levels of SerpinB1, also known as monocyte neutrophil elastase inhibitor, increase with insulin resistance, may have a protective effect for pancreatic β cells, and may decrease insulin resistance...
2016: BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care
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